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The great State of Texas has hundreds of fabulous destinations. From beaches to deserts, from mountains to highland plains, from piney woods to sandstone canyons, from modern cities to German communities, Texas boasts a variety of wonderful places to visit. The challenge will be fitting everything you want to see into the amount of time you can spend in Texas. (http://www.traveltex.com/

Top 10 places to visit in Texas   (www.ehow.com)

Palo Duro Canyon

Beautiful Palo Duro is the Grand Canyon of Texas. Hike, camp, picnic, horseback ride or mountain bike opportunities are plentiful amid the 26,000 acres.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
11450 Park Road 5
Canyon, TX 79015
806-488-2227
tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/palo_duro/

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Dedicated to the information regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, on November 22, 1963, the museum features film clips, interactive displays, photographs and maps.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
411 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75202
214-747-6660
jfk.org

Fort Worth Stockyards

For authentic western flavor, visit this enclave just north of downtown. The audio walking-tour stops feature the Cowboy Hall of Fame Museum, stockyards, indoor rodeo arena and Billy Bob's, the world's largest honky tonk.

Stockyards Preservation Foundation
121 E. Exchange Ave.
Fort Worth, TX
817-733-0169
fortworthstockyard.org

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Fredericksburg

A huge, pink granite dome batholith covering 640 acres is 18 miles north of Fredericksburg and is a unique side trip. Walk up the rock,and you can see for miles from your perch.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
16710 Ranch Road 965
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
830-685-3636
tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/enchanted_rock/

National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg

Recently expanded, this world-class museum is in quaint Fredericksburg. Plan a full day to absorb the innovative, interactive displays revealing the story of combat waged in the Pacific during World War II.

National Museum of the Pacific War
340 E. Main St.
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
830-997-4379
nimitz-museum.org/

The Alamo, San Antonio

The Texas flag is flown at equal height to the American flag.

The Alamo is pure Texas. Nestled in downtown San Antonio on 4.2 acres, the Alamo draws 2.5 million visitors annually. Walk where the brave Texan defenders held off the massive Mexican army for 13 days before being overrun.
The Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
210-225-1391
thealamo.org

Galveston Duck Tours

Ride in style in a World War II, six-wheel-drive amphibious craft. The 15-mile tour travels on land and water along the beach, through historic Galveston, and into Offatt's Bayou.

Galveston Duck Tours
25th & Seawall
Galveston, TX
409-621-4771
galvestonducks.com/

Space Center Houston

Take the NASA tram tour to view behind-the-scenes of the NASA Johnson Space Center. Want to see real space suits? The Astronaut Gallery displays photos of each U.S. astronaut who flew in space.

Space Center Houston
1601 Nasa Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
281-244-2100
spacecenter.org/

Caverns of Sonora

It's a cool 71 degrees F. in the Sonora Caverns. Guided walking tours enter through the natural entrance and cover almost 2 miles of trail in 105 minutes. You will see live, active formations as you tour.

Caverns of Sonora
1711 PR 4468
Sonora, TX 76950
325-387-3105
cavernsofsonora.com

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend's remote location makes it the least visited National Park. Those making the trek are rewarded with 801,163 acres of varied terrain encompassing Rio Grande River canyons, Chihuahuan Desert and wooded Chisos Mountains.

Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834
432-477-2251
nps.gov/bibe/index.htm

Places to explore near  Austin

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, Texas 78739
512-232-0100

San Antonio : Home of the Riverwalk, the Alamo, country music, and historic Missions

Johnson City: See the LBJ Ranch and National Park

Gruene Hall, in Gruene, Texas: The Oldest dance hall in Texas

Luckenbach: A hill country hamlet complete with blacksmith shop, post office, beer joint, dance hall and cotton gin.